First Hearing Into A Teacher's Fitness To Practice Takes Place Today
First Hearing Into A Teacher's Fitness To Practice Takes Place Today Details of the complaint haven't been made public yet
The first hearing into a teacherâs fitness to practice in an Irish school is due to take place in Maynooth, Co. Kildare this morning.
Details of the complaint made against the teacher haven't been made public yet and itâs understood he or she won't be identified.
Since the âFitness to Practiceâ legislation took effect last July, the Teaching Council has received around 50 complaints, but only half of those have been investigated further, and this case is the first to go to a full hearing.
Anyone including colleagues, parents and even children can make a complaint but those considered frivolous or vexatious won' ;t be pursued.
The council has the power to strike a teacher off the professional register but lesser penalties include suspension and an offer of support to improve performance.
The legislation provides for hearings to be held in public but they can also be held in private â" either in full or in part.
Itâs not yet clear if the public will be allowed into todayâs hearing, the first of its kind, but itâs understood the identity of the teacher in question will be protected.
The hearing has been set down for two days.Source: Google News